Kate Shaffer and Corey Coleman are a Bluesy Americana duo that have quickly made a big name for themselves. In the last year and a half, they have gone from playing on the street in downtown Buffalo, NY, making 300 dollars a month, to appearing at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN as one of five National finalists in the Texaco Country Showdown, an honor shared by the likes of Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and many other well-known artists. They have also spent the last year playing up to 6 times a week, at venues like the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, for a special VIP reception for Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.
Growing up, Kate listened to country, while Corey listened to jazz and the blues. The inspirations of Patsy Cline, The Dixie Chicks, Miles Davis and Bob Dylan are quite apparent in their Bluesy Americana style.
In September 2012, the duo moved to Georgia to follow their bliss. Time on the road and living out of a car enabled them to enhance the robust sounds of the simple setup of two acoustic guitars and two distinct voices. That sound is a result of the guitars and voices communicating the dynamics of their distinctively different backgrounds.
Corey’s exceptional method of hand percussion relies on striking both fretted strings and carefully chosen parts of the guitar with an attack that creates a dose of eclectic flavors.
Kate 's extremely wide vocal range allows the duo to offer a wide variety of sound from different genres.
Together, the well-seasoned duo brings great attitudes and excellent music in the recently released CD, You’re Gonna Like Us, which serves up 11 jaw-dropping tunes.
Award-winning Kate and Corey, walked away with the Northeast Regional Title, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Final of the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 2013. Before advancing to the state level, Kate & Corey won their local competition representing WQRS in Olean/Salamanca, NY. In 2013, they were proud to be named one of five elite groups hailed as the "Best New Acts In Country Music".